There were not one, but two actual races this weekend, real ones, with real people! Both half marathons up and down the coast, the british weather did its best to put everyone off with a fine display of wind and rain but undeterred, FRC runners gave it their all in both races.
In the Folkestone half marathon, runners set off in the new covid-friendly wave format on a course that is largely flat until about mile 12 when they have to take on Remembrance Hill before the long drag up the Leas to the finish line.
Jase O’Callaghan was first back for the club in a time of 1:45:34, his second fastest ever half marathon and a full 9 minutes quicker than last year. Obviously Tony Scott took part, crossing the line in 1:58:19 and marking the 5 year anniversary of his first half. Not far behind him was John O’Hara who finished in 2:01:58.
Further up the coast was the inaugural Four Castles half marathon, starting in Deal and passing Sandown, Deal and Walmer castles before a not inconsiderable climb up to finish at Dover castle. Three FRC runners took on the challenge, Liam Cumber leading them home in 2:03:43. Club newcomers Collette Windsor and Ron Bell followed him in together posting official times of 2:04:15 and 2:04:16 respectively.